Archive | July 2, 2014

Uyghur Muslims Punished for Fasting in Holy Month*

Uyghur Muslims Punished for Fasting in Holy Month*


ByLudovica Iaccino

The Chinese government has banned Muslims in the Xinjiang region from celebrating Ramadan, the month of fasting.

Dilxadi Rexiti, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC), which promotes democracy, human rights and freedom for the Uyghur people, said authorities encouraged Uyghur to eat free meals, and inspected homes to check whether families were observing the fast.

According to the South China Morning Post, the commercial affairs bureau of Turfan city said on its website that

“civil servants and students cannot take part in fasting and other religious activities”.

The state-run Bozhou Radio and TV University warned the ban would also be enforced “on party members, teachers, and young people from taking part in Ramadan activities.

“We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadan fast,” it added.

Xinjiang, also as known as East Turkestan, is an autonomous region in North-Western China, which is inhabited by the Uyghur, a Muslim minority who demand total independence from Beijing. There are about 10.2 million Uyghurs in Xinjiang, according to a China’s 2000 census ( the latest available).

“China taking these kind of coercive measures, restricting the faith of Uyghur, will create more conflict,” said Mr Rexiti.

“We call on China to ensure religious freedom for Uyghur and stop political repression of Ramadan.”

Uyghur have often been subjected to religious discrimination by the Chinese government.

China accuses Uyghur militants of waging a violent campaign for an independent state; however, Beijing is often accused of exaggerating Uyghur’s extremism to justify its religious crackdown on the Muslim minority.

Violent clashes between Uyghurs and Chinese people often occur. In July 2009 violent conflicts between the Han Chinese and the Uyghur erupted, killing nearly 200 people in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi.


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Hope for Womanhood as Non-Muslims Sympathize with Attacked Pregnant Muslimah

Buddhist Massacre of Rohingya Muslims Continue*

Muslimah Takes Down Leading Islamaphobe*

The Persecuted Muslims the World Ignores*


Executive Bonuses to Finance Increase in Minimum Wage at One Hospital*

Executive Bonuses to Finance Increase in Minimum Wage at One Hospital*

By Christina Sarich

While House Republicans recently unanimously voted to keep funding the 1 percent and deny millions of workers a minimum wage increase, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX has decided to go against the grain.

The national proposal was aimed at raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour so that those living close to the poverty line could make more of a living wage. Using funds that were earmarked for executive bonuses, 230 janitors, housekeepers and other low-income workers at Parkland will now enjoy a $1.50 an hour raise, bringing their pay to $10.25, slightly higher than the wage increase proposed to Congress.

Sixty vice presidents and top executives at Parkland made the decision to cover the cost of $350,000 for a year, the amount it will take to change the lives of 230 workers, instead of increasing a few executives’ pay who are already making healthy salaries. They are hoping the pay increase will raise employee moral.

“It is the right thing to do,” said Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, MD, chair of the Board’s Employee Relations Executive Compensation Committee. “(We are) recognizing the importance and value of all our employees to fulfilling our mission.”

Raising pay also decreases employee turnover, and cuts down on training costs.

“It helps us recruit and maintain a higher caliber of staff at all levels inside Parkland,” said Jim Dunn, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer at Parkland.

Other companies who are raising their minimum wage include, The Gap, who will raise their minimum pay to $10.00 an hour this year, and Costco already pays their employees a minimum of $11.50 an hour. The average employee there makes $21.00 per hour. Starbucks, CEO, Howard Shultz said he was in support of a minimum wage increase, but he doesn’t think he can give his employees as many benefits if the national minimum wage is increased.

Even without a federal mandate, companies would be wise to raise their minimum wages to a pay that outpaces poverty. The following chart from MIT shows what a typical family in America would need to earn just to pay their bills.

Hourly Wages 1 Adult 1 Adult, 1 Child 1 Adult, 2 Children 1 Adult, 3 Children 2 Adults 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Children 2 Adults, 3 Children
Living Wage $8.67 $17.76 $22.87 $29.25 $13.30 $16.36 $17.75 $20.71
Poverty Wage $5.21 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $7.00 $8.80 $10.60 $12.40
Minimum Wage $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25 $7.25




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Invisible Chains

Chelsea Muslim Footballer builds Mosque

Chelsea Muslim Footballer builds Mosque

The premier league strike and Senegal international player, who is known to be a devout Muslim, often celebrates his goals with a prostration. What has been success formula for the famous foot ball players in England ? Pray 5 times a day .This has been said, openly, by Demba Ba .

“I do not like when someone compares me with Mario Balotelli. I do not smoke, I do not get drunk … and I pray five times every day in the mosque, “ said Demba Ba – quoted by Africatopsports

Manager Alan Pardew believes the beliefs of his top stars have been a major contribution to the team’s success, so much so that he has explored the possibility of creating prayer rooms at the training ground and St James’ Park.

Senegal national team and Chelsea Muslim striker Demba Ba has offered money to fund the construction of a mosque in his parents’ hometown in Senegal. “Being a Muslim is more important than me being a footballer,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Independent. “A good Muslim is a good person, so I try to be a good person,” he added. Ba is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Chelsea and the Senegal national team. The news about his contribution to fund a new mosque hit the Senegalese media last month. The new mosque is expected to be inaugurated within the coming weeks. Ba is one of 40 other Muslim stars in the English Premier league. Ba’s homeland, Senegal, is a country in West Africa where Islam is the predominant religion. Nearly 90 percent of the country’s population is estimated to be Muslim.


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Solar Powered Woven Refugee Tents*

Solar Powered Woven Refugee Tents*

By Beverly Mitchell

The double-layered fabric tent skins are also hollow, allowing for weatherproof entrances and for water piping and electrical cables to run between the layers. While the design is scalable, the models shown are five meters in diameter and 2.4 meters high.

Each tent has its own water collection system, utilizing the natural channels formed by the skin to direct water to the storage point. By using a fabric with strong thermal properties, the tents can also convert solar radiation into power and heat collected water for showering.

The honeycomb-like design folds up neatly when not in use to allow for easy transportation to wherever the tents are needed. The project was a winning entry in the 2013 Lexus Design Awards.

The flexible design of the tents allow for openings to be made wherever they are needed to allow hot air out and to catch any cross-breezes. The tents also seal up tight in case of wet weather or cold conditions.

Seikaly states: “‘Weaving a Home’ re-examines the traditional architectural concept of tent shelters by creating a technical, structural fabric that expands to enclose and contracts for mobility while providing the comforts of contemporary life (heat, running water, electricity, storage, etc.)” The honeycomb-like design folds up neatly when not in use to allow for easy transportation to wherever the tents are needed.

Abeer Seikaly is an architect, artist, designer and cultural producer. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Over the span of 10 years, she has built a foundation of interdisciplinary skills that span architecture, design, art, fashion, textile design, and curation. She joined Villa Moda, a lifestyle and luxury retail concept in Kuwait and the Gulf as a senior architect and project manager in 2005 and directed the first contemporary art fair in Jordan in 2010. In addition to her independent practice, Abeer is also the production manager of Adel Abidin, the internationally recognized Iraqi/Finnish video artist. In 2012, Abeer’s design, “The Chandelier,” was selected as the winner of The Rug Company’s Wallhanging Design Competition and she was selected as a winner for the Lexus Design Award for her work, “Weaving a Home”.

Abeer’s work is rooted in the process of memory – journaling, documenting, archiving, and collecting – to create objects, spaces, and experiences that exist in the realm of her narratives.


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Nicolas Sarkozy Charged With Corruption*

Nicolas Sarkozy Charged With Corruption*

By Rory Mulholland,

Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption in a probe linked to allegations that the French ex-president received up to €50 million in illegal campaign financing from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

After 15 hours of questioning by police, the conservative politician was driven to offices of a judge in the small hours of Wednesday where he, his lawyer and a senior magistrate were told they were being charged with corruption and “influence-peddling”.

Mr Sarkozy is accused of using his position of power to try to find out information about legal proceedings against him in one of a raft of corruption probes embroiling him since he was defeated by the Socialist François Hollande in the 2012 presidential election.

“Sarkozy: The Shock Wave” was the front-page headline in Le Figaro newspaper which described his police custody on Tuesday as “spectacular” and noted that it was the first time in modern history that a French ex-president had been detained by police.

Investigators must now decide if there is enough evidence to bring Mr Sarkozy and the other two suspects to trial on the charges of influence-peddling, which can be punished by up to five years in prison, and “active corruption”, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years.

Mr Sarkozy, who has vigorously denied any wrong-doing in this and the various other affairs for which he is being investigated, was due to speak on Wednesday evening on French television station TF1, the broadcaster said.

This will be his first broadcast interview since he left office.

The corruption charges will deal a severe blow to Mr Sarkozy’s rumoured plans to attempt a political comeback in time for the 2017 presidential election.

They come at a time of turmoil in French politics, with Mr Hollande’s government deeply unpopular as it struggles with a sluggish economy and record unemployment, a surge in support for the far-right Front National, and Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party riven by in-fighting and weighed down by a campaign finance scandal.

The Hollande government has denied it is carrying out a witch-hunt against Mr Sarkozy. Both Mr Hollande and his Prime Minister Manuel Valls said judges were acting independently and that Mr Sarkozy benefited like all suspects from the presumption of innocence.

“No-one is above the law,” said Mr Valls.

Police are trying to establish whether Mr Sarkozy promised a plum job in Monaco to a judge in return for letting him know whether corruption allegations against him would go to court.

French media in March revealed police intercepts of Mr Sarkozy’s phone conversations with his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, which suggested that the two men may have persuaded a judge to provide inside information on a case against the former president.

The phone taps had initially been ordered by judges probing allegations that Libya’s Gaddafi had donated up to €50 million in illegal financing for Mr Sarkozy’s successful 2007 presidential campaign.

After four fruitless months the judges discovered Mr Sarkozy had a secret phone registered under an assumed name. Recordings from that device led to the opening of the influence peddling investigation.

Mr Sarkozy, who is a lawyer by trade, was charged last year in a probe into allegations his party took envelopes stuffed with cash from France’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. Those charges were later dropped but his campaign treasurer is one of 10 people awaiting trial in that case.

Mr Sarkozy’s encounters with the law began only a short time after he lost his presidential immunity a month after leaving the Elysée, when anti-corruption police raided the Paris home he shares with his third wife, the former supermodel and pop singer Carla Bruni.

The other cases involving Mr Sarkozy include claims that, while president, he rigged a settlement procedure which resulted in disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie receiving €400 million from the state in return for political support in 2007.

Another centres on an allegation he helped organise kickbacks from a Pakistani arms deal to finance the 1995 presidential campaign of former premier Edouard Balladur.

Mr Sarkozy is not the first French ex-president to face the law. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was was convicted in 2011 on corruption charges and was given a two-year suspended prison term. But he was never held in custody during the investigation.


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Egypt: Opposition Builds*

Egypt: Opposition Builds*

Before Ramadhan, it might have been an opportune time to stage a fraudulent presidential election using Ramadhan as a period when some will reflect more on the ethics and morals within Islam, but this Ramadhan has been met with further oppression from a more fearful regime, and more reflection from a people who allowed themselves to be betrayed by deep state propaganda…

Ex-Tamarod member: ‘We have been betrayed after 30 June’

Former coordinator of the Tamarod movement in the Egyptian bar association Ahmed Qinawy slammed the post-coup regime in Egypt, saying that those who organised last year’s 30 June protests have been “betrayed.”

“30 June has not provided anything for Egypt, and has not made Egypt better off. On the contrary, Egypt has become worse off since 30 June,” he told Al Jazeera on Monday.

Qinawy pointed out that the demands for which Tamarod was formed have not been met, and that crises have multiplied.

“We demanded freedom and democracy for Egypt, but Egypt has now turned to a repressive country, and the regime knows no other language than repression and tyranny,” he said.

“I challenge Al-Sisi to mobilise 5% of those who turned out in last year’s protest,” he added.

Egyptian anti-MB activists refuse to celebrate 30 June

Egyptian revolutionary forces who supported the 2013 coup refused to take part in 30 June celebrations, stressing that 30 June aimed at excluding the Muslim Brotherhood, and that 25 January was the real revolution.

A representative of 6 April Democratic Front Sherif Al-Roubi said that his movement would not celebrate the anniversary of 30 June, explaining that “25 January was the real revolution” the demands of which have not yet been fulfilled.

Likewise, Shaimaa Hamdy a member of the Youth for Justice and Freedom movement, criticised calls for celebrating 30 June. “Such celebrations have brought us to square one,” she said, adding that her movement is now opposing military rule, but would not engage with the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt: anti-Brotherhood cleric accuses government of ‘fighting Islam’

An Egyptian cleric known for his opposition of the Muslim Brotherhood and support for the July 3 military coup slammed the latest government decision to limit Ramadan night prayer time to 45 minutes, saying it shows the government’s “anti-religion” agenda.

Sheikh Ahmed Karima, professor of Sharia at Al-Azhar University, criticized the ministries of interior and endowments for imposing a limited duration for prayers in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “By taking such decisions, the state is acting against religion, or as the Brotherhood puts it, is fighting Islam.”

He also turned against the ministry of religious endowments, accusing it of crackdown on mosques.

Karima warned that decisions like these would dissuade people from acts of worship in Ramadan. “They would go instead to cafes to smoke shisha, or would stay at home and watch porn movies,” he said.

“The national security apparatus is supposedly tasked with monitoring explosives, not mosques,” he said.

“Are we back to the Habib al-Adly days?” he wondered.

Women sexually abused in Egyptian prisons… some 14 times in one day

YouTube clip from Al-Jazeera entitled: A catastrophic report exposes cases of rape inside military prisons. One girl was raped 14 times

The clip was posted on June 29, 2014.

Presenter: The delegation submitted a general report about the violations that took place against Egyptian women since the military coup and until the first of June. The delegation also submitted another detailed report about cases of rape and sexual assault taking place against female detainees inside Egyptian prisons and police stations. The delegation submitted an authenticated report of seven cases of rape of female detainees. The report included a list of the names of detention centres and the names of police officers and individuals accused of raping the women including the cases of two women who were raped 14 times in one day in one of the detention centres belonging to Central Security Forces. One of the female detainees was suspended naked and sexually assaulted and was forced to watch obscene scenes. The delegation, which is composed of the European Coalition for Democracy and Human Rights, called for placing Egyptian women under a special category by the Committee for Women and Children and called for opening an investigation, by a neutral committee, into the violations and for opening the prisons and police station for inspection as well as for making police officers and cadets accountable for their actions.

Narrator: Documented testimonies of cases of rape to which women were subjected inside Egyptian prisons and police stations keep being uncovered. The latest case was disclosed by lawyer Ahmad Sayf Al-Islam Hammad and was publicised by human rights activist Haytham Abu Khalil. It is the case of an Al-Azhar female student who was raped inside an armoured police vehicle.

Lawyer Hammad: Sixty-eight people were accused in this case. It happened on December 28, 2013. On that day students were arrested inside the university. They were then taken to Nasr City police station and from there on to Al-Salam Military Camp. They were questioned by the prosecution there. We were lucky that [the girl] was released on bail set at 500 Egyptian pounds. She was the only person [to be released] from amongst the accused. We were lucky she was released. I was surprised afterwards that her mother [spoke about] problems between Nada and her husband. I tried to intervene to reconcile them. Her mother came to me in the office with tears dropping from her eyes. I asked her: “What’s wrong? Are you the cause of this? Why doesn’t your daughter want to return to her husband?” She kept saying it was the prison and this and that. Finally, she broke down and said: “My daughter, this and that happened to her”. The officer raped her. She told me about this disastrous incident.

Narrator: In the meantime, the International Coalition of Expatriate Egyptians has published the first report that documents cases of rape and sexual abuse inside Egyptian prisons and police stations. The coalition made a submission to the UN Human Rights Commission about these violations.

Female witness: We have received reports of several rape and sexual assault cases. We have documented seven cases. Out of concern for safety of the victims, we keep the names of the victims and the assailants and the places were the crimes took place confidential.

Narrator: The European Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, one of the affiliates of the International Coalition of Egyptian Expatriates, published a booklet entitled Save Cleopatra that deals with violations perpetrated against Egyptian women since the coup and until now.

Female witness: I shall speak about four cases. One of them was kidnapped by security forces. She was assaulted by persons dressed in police and army uniforms inside the prison vehicle then she was thrown on the road; it was a gang rape. The second case was kidnapped and assaulted inside a police station. She was gang raped by officers and cadets. There were two cases last month that were raped 14 times in one day. This happened in one of the central security camps.

Narrator: Violations did not stop at the perpetration of rape against female detainees. There were other violations too.

Female witness: One of the female detainees was suspended completely naked like a pendulum. She was sexually assaulted by all the police officers and cadets present at the time. Young women were forced to watch indecent videos. In one of the prisons two male officers were naked while they searched female detainees. The floor was wiped using the bodies of victims, this happened in the Nasr City police station’s second precinct. Some female detainees were paraded naked in front of police officers and cadets and were sexually assaulted.

Narrator: These savage assaults have not attracted the attention of the authorities who have not taken steps to investigate them despite repeated appeals from the local and international communities for them to do so.

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